Miami-Ohio State: Showdown in Columbus Set for 3:40 Kickoff

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Miami-Ohio State: Showdown in Columbus Set for 3:40 Kickoff
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When the Miami Hurricanes take the field at the horseshoe in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 11, it will not take place under the lights, according to Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith.

Instead, kickoff for the Miami-Ohio State game is set for 3:40 pm. Smith said there would be no other night home games for the Buckeyes aside from their season opener against Marshall, on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m., he told the Plain Dealer.

The last time the Hurricanes faced the Buckeyes was in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. Miami entered the national championship game with a 38-game winning streak and looked to defend its crown.

Ohio State won the game in double overtime by a 31-24 score. Most fans remember the game for the controversial pass interference call in the first overtime when Miami was flagged on the final play of the game. The Buckeyes would score on the ensuing drive to tie the game at 24.

The only time the Hurricanes traveled to Columbus came in 1977, losing 10-0. Ohio States leads the all-time series 2-1.

Miami opens up the 2010 season with a tough stretch in the early part of the schedule, playing three of their first four games on the road. The Hurricanes open the season against Florida A&M on Thursday night (Sept. 2) before facing Ohio State the following weekend.

The ‘Canes then travel to Pittsburgh on Sept. 23 for a primetime Thursday night showdown against their former conference rival Pitt. Miami hits the road for the final time in that three-game stretch when they travel to Death Valley to face conference foe Clemson. Last year, the Tigers upset the Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium in overtime.

Five of Miami’s next eight games are at home, taking on rival Florida State on Oct. 9, North Carolina on Oct. 23, and Maryland on Nov. 6. They close out the season at home with both Virginia Tech (Nov. 20) and South Florida (Nov. 27).

The Hurricanes hit the road for three ACC games to Duke (Oct. 16), Virginia (Oct. 30), and current conference champ Georgia Tech (Nov. 13). Miami ended a four-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets at home last year with a 33-17 win.

The 2010 season is the fourth for head coach Randy Shannon and brings the most experience since being promoted from defensive coordinator back in 2007.

A year ago, Miami began the season with a 3-1 record against four ranked opponents. The Hurricanes lost to Clemson and North Carolina later in the season, ending any opportunity of going to the ACC Conference Championship Game.

In the Champs Sports Bowl, the Hurricanes came out flat and dropped a 20-14 decision to Wisconsin in Orlando, finishing with a 9-4 record.

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